Just and Open re­port­ing

Pilot - - AIRMAIL -

Your con­trib­u­tor for ILAFFT in the De­cem­ber edi­tion is to be com­mended for a can­did and thought-pro­vok­ing piece that will have ben­e­fit­ted many. How­ever, I could not help but be dis­ap­pointed that they chose to re­main anony­mous. We should all feel able to put our names to our ex­pe­ri­ences with­out the fear of neg­a­tive crit­i­cism so that oth­ers may bet­ter learn from them. Would I have done things dif­fer­ently if faced with the same cir­cum­stances? Yes, but as is al­ways the case in avi­a­tion, if you ask twenty pi­lots, you will get twenty dif­fer­ent an­swers! In the mil­i­tary, we have what we call a Just and Open re­port­ing cul­ture and for the most part it works. The cat­a­lyst for us was Nim­rod and Haden-cave. Per­haps civil avi­a­tion has a lit­tle catch­ing up to do? It does take buy-in from all in­volved, and air­crew, air traf­fick­ers and en­gi­neers should not fear for their rep­u­ta­tions or their jobs when re­port­ing. In­stead they should be ap­plauded for help­ing to head off a fu­ture ac­ci­dent or in­ci­dent.

Rod­er­ick Royce, Gran­tham

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